Who is the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition?

Our mission is to reverse the trend of mass incarceration in Colorado. We are a coalition of nearly 7,000 individual members and over 100 faith and community organizations who have united to stop perpetual prison expansion in Colorado through policy and sentence reform.

Our chief areas of interest include drug policy reform, women in prison, racial injustice, the impact of incarceration on children and families, the problems associated with re-entry and stopping the practice of using private prisons in our state.

If you would like to be involved please go to our website and become a member.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Mentoring Progams Work

Henry Sandoval got his report card last week. As the Kepner Middle School sixth-grader's grades went from D's and F's to B's, Katie Reilly's mood went from hopeful to determined.

"Henry's going to graduate from high school," Reilly said with the kind of grim certitude that defies failure.

Reilly, a 30-year-old lawyer, and Henry, an 11-year-old Denver Public Schools student, are a work in progress. They are the essence of the mentoring relationship, which combines friendship and empathy with expectations and tough love.

"She helps me a lot with homework, and we do some fun things," Henry said.

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